Personal Rapid Transit News (July 2012)

This page provides breaking news related to automated transit networks (ATN – an umbrella term for personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) systems, also known as podcars) along with links where available.

news_ultra6Heathrow Pod to be extended?

Heathrow’s unique personal rapid transit system could be expanded to the airport’s central terminal area. BAA, Heathrow Airport operator, has yet to approve the extension but Ultra has completed a feasibility study for it. The expanded system could connect Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to each other as well as other airport facilities. Read more…

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Personal Rapid Transit Going Mainstream?

Signs of personal rapid transit (PRT) becoming accepted by the mainstream transit industry are beginning to appear. Although these first few signs are small, each seems to be a first of its kind and, together, they may be significant indications of a tipping point. Read more…

news_ultra5Podcars – The Future of Mexican Transportation!

This article discusses Mexico City’s top ranking for commuter pain and how personal rapid transit could be the answer. The author is apparently unaware of the Modutram PRT system being developed in Guadalajara. Read more…

news_ruddle2Ultra’s Adam Ruddle at London Science Museum

This video clip includes Ruddle discussing the The Heathrow Pod, as personal rapid transit system built by Ultra Global and installed and operating at Heathrow Airport. The pod resulted from a project at Bristol University. Ultra hopes to install similar systems in airports and cities around the world. Watch the video…

news_ultra4London Science Museum Features Heathrow Pod

The small Ultra Global company is exhibiting shoulder to shoulder with much larger companies such as McLaren, Airbus, The Royal Mint and Sunseeker at the London Science Museum in testimony to the potential significance of the personal rapid transit system they developed. The exhibition is free and runs from 24 July until 9 September. Read more…

news_amritsar2Amritsar traders also against PRT system

Traders at the Hall Bazaar and nearby markets are continuing to protest the proposed personal rapid transit system in Amritsar. They fear loss of clientele and disruptions to traffic during construction. In addition, they are afraid the system might cause tourists to lose touch with heritage bazaars. Read more…

news_mtown2America’s One and Only Personal Rapid Transit System

Fairly comprehensive article on the history and performance of the Morgantown PRT system. It explains direct travel bypassing stations and concludes by quoting Arlie Foreman to the effect that then PRT shows “how cities can better cope with pollution, traffic and environmental demands.” Read more…

news_gwGlobal Warming’s Terrifying New Math

More than enough reason to support personal rapid transit if you think it can help reduce fossil fuel use. Read this (it takes about half and hour) if you are at all concerned about your future (let alone that of your children). Read more…

news_laprtThe Case for Personal Rapid Transit, LA 1971

A report by A.J. Sobey and J.W. Cone of Transportation Technology Incorporated  titled “The Case for Personal Rapid Transit,” and printed in the Highway Research Record No.367. It is available at The Los Angeles Metro Transportation Research Library. Read more…

news_uktramPRT gains official recognition in UK

UK Tram has included personal rapid transit in its general Guidance Note and a series of Advice Notes. These Notes are intended to assist promoters in considering a Light rail, Ultra Light Rail or Personal Rapid Transit Scheme.  They provide practical help with project preparation and business case development.  Read more…

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Toronto looks at some bizarre transit options

Despite the title and the author stating that he is somewhat skeptical of PRT, this article ends with “That said, there’s something about pod cars that just feels like the mid-20th century idea of The Future.” Read more…

news_korenIndia’s Ancient Basis for Innovation

This article offers to explain why India is surging ahead in personal rapid transit (PRT) activity. Land use, energy and emissions, safety, low cost, scalability and, finally, enthusiasm about the future, are given as reasons why PRT is so attractive in India. Read more…

news_cc6.3 Out of 10 Favorable Vote for PRT

Recently interviewed by Bloomington, Minnesota’s The Civic Caucus, Steve Elkins, Chair, Transportation Committee, Metropolitan Council said he believes that eventually a system that pairs LRT and bus rapid transit (BRT) with Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) will be viewed as an ideal solution. When readers were polled about the use of PRT in the suburbs, the results were: 10% strongly disagreed; 20% moderately disagreed; 10% were neutral; 30% moderately agreed; 30% strongly agreed. Read more…

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Better Public Transportation with Vectus Personal Rapid Transit

A brief description of the Vectus personal rapid transit system is provided along with a number of seldom-seen pictures. PRT is compared to the Disney monorail system. The author concludes that PRT has great potential for cities and especially people with disabilities but suggests that careful station and vehicle access design will be vital. Read more…

news_modutram2Modutram Newsletter, June 2012

The development of the ModuTram GRT (Group Rapid Transit) system is progressing as planned. This newsletter summarizes some of the major accomplishments of the first six months of 2012 and the plans for the upcoming six months. Google translation. Contact us directly for a better English version with pictures.

news_skytran2Mayor pitches pod cars to solve Google housing dilemma

In a last-minute effort to allow new North Bayshore housing for Google in the city’s general plan update, Mayor Mike Kasperzak is proposing a system of pod cars to solve traffic issues…In 2010, city staff estimated that an 8.5-mile-long system with 24 stations would cost between $60 million and $130 million. Read more…

news_ultra3After winning Amritsar pod car project, Fairwood plans factory in Noida

New Delhi, July 10:  Fairwood, the company that is introducing the pod car in India in a tie-up with the UK-based Ultra, plans to set up a manufacturing factory in the National Capital Region in Noida, Greater Noida or Gurgaon over the next four five months. Read more…

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Large-Scale Personal Rapid Transit Projects and Studies in India

There are two large PRT projects underway in India, as of July, 2012. One is to be located in Amritsar to provide services to visitors to its Golden Temple The expected patronage  forecast is 100,000 persons per day. The second project is located in Guragon which is a major eco-city project in northern India. Its expected patronage is in excess of 600,000 persons per day. Read more…

news_amritsarExperts for brakes on Amritsar’s PRTS plan

The state government’s ambitious PRTS (Personal Rapid Transport System) in the holy city will eclipse the view of its significant landmarks like Golden Temple, Jallianwalla Bagh, Town Hall and Hall Gate, besides adversely affecting the heritage character of the walled city, fear conservation and architecture experts. Read more…

news_podcarPod cars on their way to Toronto?

Door-to-door transit could be on its way to Toronto. If successful, prototypes that exist in England and in the United Arab Emirates would transform transit in our city by 2040. Matt Hexemer, lead designer of a team working on a pod car, said the driverless vehicles would reduce road congestion. Read more…

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Three Personal Rapid Transit Trips

Three minute movie clip depicting trips on Ultra, Vectus and 2getthere personal rapid transit systems. This clip includes destination selection, door operation, station operation, travel, station bypassing, merging, arrival and alighting. View video

news_2getThe Uncertain Future Of Pod-cars

Trivandrum: Infrastructure Kerala Ltd (INKEL) had brought up the idea of pod-cars around the same time when monorail was being pushed as a Mass Rapid Transit System for the city. As of now, monorails do not appear likely as the government is waiting for E Sreedharan’s report on the feasibility of Trivandrum to have a metro rail system. And the future of pod-cars seems hazy as well. Read more…

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JPods: Personal rapid transit vehicles powered by renewable solar energy

Right after the first concepts arrived of autonomous vehicles that could revolutionize public transportation, PRTs or Personal Rapid Transit systems have gained a lot of attention. Rightly so, as the technology promises cleaner transportation systems for busy metropolitan cities… Read more…

news_DasCM puts pod taxi project on fast track

Moving a step closer toward providing the high-tech pod taxi service to residents, the Haryana chief minister on Tuesday directed the officials to complete all the necessary formalities in the next three months and begin work on the project. Read more…

news_ultra1Hooda sets three-month deadline to start work on PRT project

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has issued directives that all formalities for start of work on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) project in Gurgaon be completed within three months.
Presiding over a meeting on the PRT project in Gurgaon, the chief minister was given a detailed presentation on the proposed project by Ultra-Fairwood Holdings.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has issued directives that all formalities for start of work on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) project in Gurgaon be completed within three months.
Presiding over a meeting on the PRT project in Gurgaon, the chief minister was given a detailed presentation on the proposed project by Ultra-Fairwood Holdings. Read more…

news_trbWorkshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation

TRB is sponsoring the Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation on July 25-27, 2012, in Irvine, California. The workshop will focus on the current state of the art in the area of road vehicle automation. Speakers from the PRT industry include Alain Kornhauser and Martin Lowson. Read more…

news_vectus4Video:The Vectus Personal Rapid Transit Takes You to Your Destination Comfortably

The Vectus Personal Rapid Transit system provides passengers a comfortable ride as they head to their intended destination. Long commutes or even short trips across the city can be strenuous as people become cramped on traditional public transit. Read more…

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